noun, plural lav·a·to·ries.
Origin of lavatory
Examples from the Web for lavatory
Contemporary Examples of lavatory
He jiggled the faceted glass door knob to let the person inside know he was hogging the lavatory.Exclusive Excerpt: MLK's Haunting Final Hours
April 24, 2010
Historical Examples of lavatory
If you step into the lavatory with him, he'll show you the scar.
Just before we reached Overton I went into the lavatory to fix my hair.Grace Harlowe's Problem
Jessie Graham Flower
It is well known what disorder was caused by this 'question of the lavatory.'Spontaneous Activity in Education
The lavatory door had jammed, as doors will jam in earthquakes.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Conduct this gentleman to the lavatory, and assist him in making his ablutions.The Free Lances
noun plural -ries
- a sanitary installation for receiving and disposing of urine and faeces, consisting of a bowl fitted with a water-flushing device and connected to a drain
- a room containing such an installation
Word Origin for lavatory
late 14c., "washbasin," from Latin lavatorium "place for washing," noun use of neuter of adjective lavatorius "pertaining to washing," from lavatus, past participle of lavare "to wash" (see lave). Sense of "washroom" is first attested 1650s; as a euphemism for "toilet, W.C.," it is attested by 1864.